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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Human.4

By: Mike A. Lancaster
Rated: 4.5

Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?
Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.
This book was one of those: "I-like-it-but-I-don't" kind of books. For instance, I loved how the book was narrated. The mental imaging was spectacular, and the setting was awesome! But one of the things that I disliked about this book was the beginning. I really didn't like the beginning. To me, the whole hypnosis thing, wasn't really working for me. Even though hypnosis is an actual practice, it's not the kind of thing that you'd expect to find in a book like "Human.4".
Another one of the things that I disliked about this book was the interruptions in the narration. Those things were the "editors" had come in and given us definitions for the words used in the books. And while I must say that it was a creative way of telling us how different the world become after the "update", I felt that the author could've found different - and slightly less annoying - ways of showing us all the things that had changed after the "update".
But, all in all, the good did outweigh the bad, so I had no other choice but to give this book a good review. In all honesty, I really did enjoy this book. And although the cover art was interesting, it looked like something that an amateur would've put together.
It was a good-bad kind of book, but I do suggest that everyone read it. If you ignore the bad beginning, and those horrid definition boxes; then there's some really good stuff in there! I will probably be re-reading this book, but I'm not sure yet. However, the next book that I review will be a book that I absolutely fell in love with! But, because I liked this book so much, I'm not going to tell you the name of the book! You'll just have to wait until the next review to find out. But I can tell you this. It is a book that all teenagers should read. It is one of the few books, and possibly the only book, that will ever get a 5.0 rating from me!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TimeRiders

By: Alex Scarrow
Rated: 2.1

Maddy, Liam, and Sal were saved from certain death to become agents for TimeRiders, a group created to stop time travel from destroying the world. When a new threat appears-with evil tracing back to World War II- the TimeRiders go back in time to Nazi Germany and then forward into an ever-shifting present, to fulfill their destinies as keepers of time.
At first, I thought that I was really going to wind up liking this book. The storyline seemed good, the characters I could definitely connect to (especially Liam), and there was some really cool stuff going on. But that's when things started going downhill.
I first started to dislike the book when they went and screwed with John F. Kennedy. First of all, if they'd already stopped Oswald several times before, then how did the kids still know that he killed Kennedy. The old man said that the exact same thing happened every time, and in this chapter, two different men killed Kennedy. So why didn't that change history? Because the writer DID NOT think this thing through.
Several chapters later I was dissappointed yet again when the dear old Doctor went and changed history. If the Nazis had won, then the inventor of the time-machine wouldn't have invented the time-machine. Meaning that the Doctor would not have gone looking for it and would not have changed history. Since he wouldn't have changed history, inevitably the time-machine would've been invented and history would've been changed. This is called a grandfather-loop, and it happens when writers DON'T THINK THINGS THROUGH.
Then there were the journals from the museum. How is it that both teenagers just happened to think of the same thing, at the same time, in two different points in history. (okay, well maybe not at the same time, but you get the point.)
This book was in NO WAY perfect, and I WILL NOT be reading it again. You'd have to cut me into small pieces, scatter me on the wind, and throw me to the Nazis before I would ever give this book a good review.
For the next review, I will be taking a look at: "Human.4". By: Mike A. Lancaster.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ashes, Ashes

By: Jo Treggiari.
Rated: 4.3 



Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
This was definitely a good book. I loved how the author made his characters seem so believable, but the story was just a little off for some reason. Probably because of the sheer enormosity of what had happened to have led up to such a setting as New Venice. Really, they had two waves of an incurable epidemic, natural disasters coming out of the nose, and worldwide flooding? I'm sorry, but isn't that just a little much?
Besides that, I didn't have all that many problems with the book. Okay, maybe having Lucy as the only person immune was a little bit of a stretch; but all of the other characters were completely believable. Even the evil-scientist was someone that I wouldn't be surprised to meet! Especially in New York City.
So the book was fantastic! The only real problem that I had was that thing with the disasters, and that's what really hurt the book in my opinion. If you look at the top you'll notice a set of numbers, the only reason that this book did not get a 4.9 rating is because of the disasters. I just kept coming back to them.
So that about raps it up for this review, and next time I'll be doing an overview of the book: "TimeRiders". By: Alex Scarrow.